Adorable and sweet, a perfect summer confection. This is a tale of cynicism shattered, clarity restored, and love rewarded. There are no real surprises, but the telling is skillful. I thoroughly enjoyed this and know many patrons who will as well. A fine choice for readers who need a break from seriousness and gloom but still need their fluff to be well done.
Surprisingly delightful. While reading I was, once again, utterly immersed in this world I love. Rowling’s voice comes through strong and clear – It’s more her work than I had anticipated. Older folks among us will recognize that this is a fancy re-hashing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” – With Wizards! But teen and young twenties readers who grew up with Hogwarts Hogwarts Hoggy Warty Hogwarts may not have seen that movie twelve thousand times, and the ‘what if’ scenario may feel more fresh to them. (And crossover Doctor Who fans will argue plenty about the effects of time travel and how much you can mess with it.) All in all, I’m thrilled that we queued up to get our copy at midnight. It deserves its place on the shelf next to its series kin.
So, I am reading this and thought it was going to be science fiction, about genetic research and happiness, and possibly about ethics and who owns the results when you are the test subject. Apparently, it’s about a creative writing course and a formerly snarky essayist who no longer can write because his pieces have hurt people. I’m confused but it’s not bad.
What’s cool about this is that it is several years old and completely spot on about ‘creative non-fiction,’ personal essays, and the idea of ‘voice’ over truth. Everyone writes about themselves; the internet is so much about seeing yourself ‘in print,’ and not so much about learning something factual or useful.
100 pages in and this is not for me. The story has yet to get going. No science yet, no ethics, not even much happiness for a story that’s about a happiness gene. Only the sad-sack night course instructor limping along haplessly and glimpses of a tv personality who covers technology but has disappointed her parents by failing to use her intelligence in ways they approve (and for failing to reproduce).